This is one heck of a question, and I'm having trouble deciding. I am very fortunate to have outstanding seats for the classic season of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in Orange County, CA. Sometimes the performances aren't as wonderful as my recordings, sometimes I'm moved to tears and my only wish is that I had a recording of THAT performance so I could relive the moment. <P>Obviously, I spend a fair amount of money on the live performances, and I occasionally attend performances beyond my subscription. However, I find that I learn MORE music by being able to listen to recordings (from my own collection, or on the radio, or the web
) than I do by attending live performances. But, then again, before the live performances, we usually have a lecture on the music and I learn more ABOUT the music.<P>I guess I want to participate in the discussion, but I refuse to choose. I want them both!